CHICAGO — Sprouted mung beans and lotus root crisps are among new codecs competing for shelf area within the supermarket snack aisle. Puffed quinoa is popping up in chocolate bars, portabella mushrooms are masquerading as meat jerky, and cauliflower is replacing grains in pretzels and tortilla chips.
Such products may be seen on the Sweets & Snacks Expo this week in Chicago.
“Unusual components, I suppose, is a bit of a perpetual trend,” said Carly Schildhaus, public affairs manager for the National Confectioners Association (N.C.A.), Washington, which produces the annual occasion.
A predicted 15,000 industry specialists were anticipated to attend the trade show, held May 21-23 at McCormick Place, to view and taste new confections and snacks debuting from about 825 showing groups.
Collectively representing greater than $86 billion in annual U.S. Retail sales, the snack ($fifty one billion) and confectionery ($35 billion) markets are measured as the second one and fourth biggest consumable classes, respectively, consistent with records from the N.C.A. Product innovation is fundamental to riding persevered growth inside the confectionery and snack industries. New merchandise accounts for nearly 5% of sales in the snack category and more than 6% of sales in the confectionery category, which compares to about 3% of sales for common purchaser packaged goods.
“There are constantly lots of latest merchandise that debut on the display, and there are a whole lot of various things we’re seeing in terms of flavors and the goods themselves, but what we think is surely interesting is the enterprise leadership because it pertains to assisting humans to manipulate their sugar intake,” Ms. Schildhaus said. “You’ll be seeing quite a few products in smaller p.C. Sizes, especially package deal sizes of 200 energy or less… I assume we’ll see it more prominently this yr than in past years.”
Smart is the brand new skinny
As consumers shift away from a traditional food plan mindset in pursuit of holistic wellbeing, brands formerly marketed as “thin,” “lean” or “thin” are embracing new descriptors, including “clever.”
Debuting at Sweets & Snacks is Smart Tart, a better-for-you’re taking on the toaster pastry. Smart Food Co. L.L.C., Costa Mesa, Calif., offers quite a number flavors, including blueberry acai, strawberry chia, and cinnamon, with eight grams of protein, 180 calories, and 50% less sugar than the average emblem, consistent with the organization.
SmartSweets, Vancouver, B.C., is expanding its portfolio of reduced-calorie sweets with Peach Rings gummies. Sweetened with stevia, the product has 85% much less sugar than conventional candy with no artificial substances. Like all different SmartSweets products, which include gummy bears, sour gummies and candy fish gummies, each serving has three grams of sugar and 80 energy.
Susie’s Smart Cookie, Katonah, N.Y., produces breakfast cookies and bites containing omega-3 fatty acids from canola oil, walnuts and ground flax, with oats, dried fruit, and eggs.
Beverage taste productsBeverage flavors are bubbling up
Cocktails, coffee, and cola are trending tastes in confections and snacks launching this year.
“We’re seeing a number of products which can be incorporating distinctive drink flavors,” Ms. Schildhaus said.
Soda stars in numerous new sweets. American Licorice Co., La Porte, Ind., is debuting Sour Punch Bites featuring cherry, lime and cola flavors that can be blended and matched to create new combos. The enterprise is also introducing Red Vines root beer and orange cream licorice bites. Orange soda taste is featured in new Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish chewy chocolates debuting from Mondelez International, Inc., Deerfield, Ill.
Other innovations on the display provide new ways to consume coffee. From the writer of Dippin’ Dots, 40 Below Joe, Carbondale, Ill., capabilities frozen beads of coffee and dairy-free creamer in a number flavors, consisting of french vanilla, hazelnut, salted caramel, mocha and residence mixture. Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa, Miami, is debuting Nudge Coffee Butter, an expansion made entirely from Italian roast espresso beans.
Tea flavors are brewing in such products as layered matcha cream wafer cookies and a chai chocolate bar.
From Kopper’s Chocolate, Jersey City, N.J., On the Rocks Chocolate cordials comprise a liquid center inspired by means of libations inclusive of vodka and tequila. Wrapped in darkish chocolate, the alcohol-unfastened bites are available in Moscow mule, cold-brew coffee, barrel-aged bourbon, and strawberry margarita sorts.
Brewhouse Legends from Mount Franklin Foods, L.L.C., El Paso, Texas, is various snack nut mixes inspired by way of craft beer and flavored with hops. Unique Pretzel Bakery, Inc., Reading, Pa., gives Original Sourdough Craft Beer Pretzel Rings made with malted barley and hops.